To plant a fruit tree, determine the best time for planting, select a sunny location, dig a large hole, and plant the tree. Backfill the hole with soil, water well and protect the tree as it grows.
- Choose the right time to plant
In USDA Hardiness zones 7 and south, plant fruit trees in the fall. In zones 6 and north, plant fruit trees in the spring after the ground has thawed.
- Select a location
Plant the tree in a sunny location with fertile soil that drains well. Never plant trees in shady or boggy areas.
- Plant the tree
Dig a hole twice the size of the tree's root ball. Place the tree so that the top of the root ball is level with the soil line. Do not bury the graft line of the tree, which can be identified by a swollen area at the base of the trunk. Backfill the hole with soil, and press it firmly around the root ball. Water the area around the tree well.
- Protect the tree
Mulch the area around the tree to retain moisture, and protect the trunk of the tree from boring insects and other pests by wrapping hardware cloth around the base. Stake the tree so that it remains steady against strong winds.